Our Michigan cerebral palsy attorneys often represent children and their families in birth injury lawsuits. This includes cases involving issues in pregnancy, at the time of birth, and immediately after birth in which the newborn is injured due to medical negligence. Lawsuits are often filed against the obstetricians, gynecologists, pediatricians, hospitals, birthing units, and specialists.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is caused by brain damage. The brain damage is caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing: before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth. CP often affects the body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. Also, it can affect fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.
Children and adults who have cerebral palsy are most likely born with the condition, although some acquire the condition at birth or shortly thereafter depending on cause of CP. Its signs and symptoms may not always be obvious at birth. The child will likely experience a delay in development and growth milestones. About 8,000 to 10,000 babies and infants are diagnosed per year with cerebral palsy.
Causes of Acquired Cerebral Palsy
According to the CDC, a slight percentage of CP is caused by brain damage that arises more than 28 days after birth. This is called acquired cerebral palsy, and usually is related with an infection (such as meningitis) or head injury.
Some common causes of acquired Cerebral Palsy are listed below. :
- Infection: Infections of the brain, for example, meningitis or encephalitis during infancy.
- Injury: Injuries to the brain, for example, head injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes or child abuse.
- Problem with blood flow to the brain: Cerebrovascular accidents, for example, stroke or bleeding in the brain associated with a blood clotting problem, blood vessels that didn’t form properly, a heart defect that was present at birth, or sickle cell disease.
Common Risk Factors of Acquired Cerebral Palsy
Common risk factors associated with acquired cerebral palsy, may increase the chance that a child will acquire the condition. However, just because a child may have one or more of the common risk factor does not mean that a child will have CP. Some of the common risk factors for acquired cerebral palsy are:
- Infancy: Infants are at greater risk of a brain-damaging event than older children.
- Preterm or low birth weight: Children born preterm or at low birth weight are at greater risk.
- Brain infections: Not getting certain vaccinations increases the risk of brain infections.
- Injury: Inadequate safety measures or lack of adult supervision can increase the risk of injury.
Contact a Michigan Cerebral Palsy Brain Injury Attorney
If your child suffers from birth injuries due to the negligence of a doctor, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced cerebral palsy lawyers in Michigan. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the information and medical records to win and settle your case.